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Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning [Paperback]

Gordon Lyon , Fyodor
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1 Jan 2009
Nmap Network Scanning is the official guide to the Nmap Security Scanner, a free and open source utility used by millions of people for network discovery, administration, and security auditing. From explaining port scanning basics for novices to detailing low-level packet crafting methods used by advanced hackers, this book suits all levels of security and networking professionals. A 42-page reference guide documents every Nmap feature and option, while the rest of the book demonstrates how to apply those features to quickly solve real-world tasks. Examples and diagrams show actual communication on the wire.

Topics include subverting firewalls and intrusion detection systems, optimizing Nmap performance, and automating common networking tasks with the Nmap Scripting Engine. Hints and instructions are provided for common uses such as taking network inventory, penetration testing, detecting rogue wireless access points, and quashing network worm outbreaks. Nmap runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Nmap's original author, Gordon "Fyodor" Lyon, wrote this book to share everything he has learned about network scanning during more than 11 years of Nmap development. Visit for more information and sample chapters.

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  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Nmap Project (1 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979958717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979958717
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It's long been without argument that nmap, written by Fyodor, is a cut above the rest when it comes to network scanning. It should therefor be a surprise to nobody that Fyodor's book achieves a similarly high standard in explaining the hows, whys and wherefors of using this tool.

The book starts by giving us a solid grounding in the basics before moving onto standard scanning techniques such as discovery and port scanning. Of course being the book that it is this isn't your 10,000ft view of port scanning one IP address with a choice of three flags, the book goes into the detail you would expect with the sort of information that true afficianadoes lust after.

The book goes on to cover in detail a variety of other topics such as optimisation, service scanning, OS detection, the nmap scripting engine and a bunch of other similarly useful stuff.

In the same way that nmap has always been the answer for port scanning this book is most definitely the answer for your questions on how to get the most out of it. The book is easy and fun to read with great examples along the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Guide 5 Dec 2008
This book has been a long time in the writing and it shows in the quality and scope.

From a few pages of code in The Art of Port Scanning, Phrack Magazine in 1997 to Hollywood mainstream in 2003, Nmap became a sub-cultural icon, movie shorthand for hackers and hacking, as well as one of the most widely used security tools. Well, in Nmap Network Scanning, its creator just wrote its biography, and it's very revealing.

This isn't just another "how to use" book, although that is all in there, both in case studies and in a 42-page reference guide. This is the most revealing technical book I've ever read about a security tool. Fyodor turns Nmap inside out to explain what it does, how it does it and why it was written that way. If you are looking for a definitive book on Nmap, this is it.

Anyone fortunate enough to have got hold of one of the pre-release copies at Black Hat or Defcon will not have been disappointed.

There is a wealth of other material on the associated website, including sample chapters for those who want a better idea of the content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars technical and interesting read 12 Oct 2009
By blau
I've been using nmap for years and, still, I learned new ways of doing network administration tasks from this book. The book has several audiences: it's a practical learning tool for those who just studied tcp/ip basics and have to dive into network administration, security, application debugging; at the same time it's a must read for netadmin grunts who will even come to like (and perhaps even use from time to time) nmap's new GUI, zenmap. Security professionals and hackers will love this book.
A deeply technical, yet fun and entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As expected 29 Mar 2010
Fyodor manages to explain nmap in a clear and precise manner. This subject is not easy to understand but it is presented both in detail and keeping the big picture at hand. Very enjoyable reading and very satisfying. Worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for checking your network security 8 Jun 2014
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This is a good guide to the use of NMAP in testing for vunerabilites in your network. Is your firewall etc actually behaving as you thought it did. I ran it from a PC using Ubuntu Linux.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much what I expected 3 April 2014
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Like most books of this ilk I don't use very often but its nice to know it's there when I need it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An in-depth, readable technical resource
This book is well written as a reference while supplying usable scenarios and areas of this complex application that you may not have realised were available.
Published on 2 Oct 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for any computer security related job
It is a perfect book to learn about network scanning, it had detailed examples, in depth explanations, additional resources, and a great scope that can appeal to many different... Read more
Published on 18 July 2011 by Jooosh
5.0 out of 5 stars NMap Book Review
Well, sometimes you just have to say that the official book is the one to buy. This is a well written accurate and useful book that shows how to use Nmap to its fullest potential. Read more
Published on 8 May 2011 by Brian Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly technical - but also easy
This book has been written by the designer and creator of Nmap - and it shows!

Fyodor, is a gifted author, he explains his thought processes behind each function, what... Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2010 by Yay!!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal
If you want to learn nmap then this book is all you need. I enjoyed the stories and it helps to show its use along the way. Well over due... but has not disappointed.
Published on 21 May 2009 by Mr. Steven Fenton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of work
It's perfect for both learners and skillful portscanners, written in a nice understandable language and with really good examples and stories to show the many functionalities of... Read more
Published on 15 April 2009 by Christopher Baklid
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